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IMPORTANT: Big New Exhibits Coming Spring 2019!
Construction is underway on new exhibits and Museum improvements that will open this spring! Learn about the new SkyClimber, Port Exhibit and improvements that will create an efficient new lobby, new nursing area, more family seating areas, a renovated lunchroom, and updated restrooms at www.PortDiscovery.org/Construction
Come play & learn while we build!
Please note: Although Port Discovery remains open, visitors cannot access the main Museum while construction is underway. Instead, join us to enjoy the hands-on and interactive Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery sponsored by M&T Bank, and visit us at our soon-to-open Port Discovery Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth! Please note: Visitor capacity is limited at both locations.
Visit The Construction Zone in the Atrium at Port Discovery - Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Design and make a mini-robot, build with giant life-sized building blocks, launch rockets towards the moon, create a theatrical play and more in Port Discovery’s newest hands-on experience!
OPENING SOON: Visit Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth
Spark your child’s imagination as you play and learn together at Port Discovery’s Pop-Up Play Space in the Shops at Kenilworth!
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|Fri||10 AM - 4 PM|
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|Sun||Noon - 5 PM|
Port Discovery Children's Museum is conveniently located just two blocks from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and within short walking or driving distance to a number of family-friendly hotels, restaurants, and attractions. We encourage you to explore the wonderful destinations and businesses that makeup Charm City!
THE AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM (AVAM) is America's official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. Since its opening in 1995, the museum has sought to promote the recognition of intuitive, self-reliant, creative contribution as both an important historic and essential living piece of treasured human legacy. The one-of-a-kind American Visionary Art Museum is located on a 1.1 acre wonderland campus at 800 Key Highway, Baltimore Inner Harbor. Three renovated historic industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon—all inspired by the fire within. From carved roots to embroidered rags, tattoos to toothpicks, the visionary transforms dreams, loss, hopes, and ideals into powerful works of art.
The Baltimore Museum of Industry celebrates Maryland’s industrial legacy and shows how innovation fuels ongoing progress. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and collections engage visitors in the stories of the people who built Baltimore and those who shape the region’s future. Located in an 1860s oyster cannery on a five-acre waterfront campus, the BMI offers dynamic indoor and outdoor exhibitions, live demonstrations, engaging tours, and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.
Take an unprecedented journey through American history with a focus on pop culture in media, toys and comic characters as they shaped our children through a magical blend of entertainment and education.
The Maryland Science Center features 14 full-size dinosaurs in Dinosaur Mysteries, an exploration of the day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story, Newton’s Alley, with dozens of interactive activities, a national touring exhibit, and the five story IMAX Theater. Other popular attractions include The Kids Room and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.
Founded in 1876, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits such as the award-winning Penguin Coast, Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the Children’s Zoo. Situated in Druid Hill Park near downtown Baltimore, the Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. For more information, visit www.marylandzoo.org.
The National Aquarium is located in the heart of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Situated on two city piers with the Chesapeake Bay on either side, the Aquarium features three pavilions and a living collection that includes more than 20,000 animals from more than 700 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals in award-winning habitats.
The museum brings Maryland African American history and culture to life through its permanent galleries and educational programs. It also shares the broader African American experience through special exhibitions, lectures and a variety of events. The museum is named for Reginald F. Lewis (1942-1993), a native Baltimore entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as chair and chief executive officer of TLC Beatrice International, the largest U.S. company owned by an African American during his lifetime. The museum also houses a café, meeting spaces, a 200-seat theater and a museum shop.
The only place in Baltimore where you’ll find shrunken heads, a 12ft tall scrap car parts sculpture, the fiji island mermaid, one-of-a-kind artwork, tons of hands-on interactives, and sculptures made out of matchsticks!
Berthed in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the past 60 years, the 160-year old CONSTELLATION is a U.S. Navy “sloop-of-war” and under custody of the City of Baltimore as a museum ship. The non-profit organization, Historic Ships in Baltimore, a program of the Living Classrooms Foundation, serves as the vessel’s caretaker. CONSTELLATION’s last dry-dock was in 2011.
A spectacular and unforgettable view of Baltimore awaits you from the top of the world’s tallest pentagonal building. New exhibits about local landmarks, famous people and “firsts” and historic events will engage and inspire you to explore more of Charm City!
Climb aboard the pirate ship Fearless for an interactive adventure sailing out of the Ann Street Pier in Fells Point. With our lively crew, you will learn to talk, dance, and play games like a pirate, blast enemies with water cannons and navigate treacherous waters to discover vast treasures.
Welcome to The Jewish Museum of Maryland, America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community, located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from the Inner Harbor. Here at the JMM, visitors can uncover the roots of Jewish history in our landmark historic sites – the Lloyd Street Synagogue, built in 1845, now the nation’s third oldest surviving synagogue and B’nai Israel Synagogue, built in 1876 and still home to a vibrant congregation. Our Museum Campus includes three exhibition galleries featuring fascinating and diverse exhibitions that explore in depth, the Jewish American experience. The Museum offers a wide range of programs and special events for children, adults, and families as well as a research library and family history center. We invite students of all ages to experience the rich vitality of Jewish culture and heritage on and off-site through our education programs.
Everyman Theatre is a professional theatre celebrating the actor, with a Resident Company of artists from the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. The theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Each season of plays is carefully curated to foster a diverse range of human experiences found in a mix of dramas and comedies selected from timeless classics to world premieres of plays.
Custom-built in an historic downtown bank building and inspired by the Globe, this award –winning theater presents the great works of Shakespeare and other classic playwrights.
Located just steps away from Port Discovery, Charm City Pizza is Baltimore’s newest pizza joint located at Power Plant Live! Charm City Pizza creates delicious food, memorable moments, and shares the local Baltimore charm. Serving our specialty pies and a variety of craft beer.
Tin Roof Baltimore is just steps away from Port Discovery and offers a laid-back atmosphere and food ranging from tacos, sandwiches and burgers to quesadillas, salads and more. Check them out!
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Enjoy your stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor, located directly across the street from Port Discovery Children's Museum.